Sunday Brunch

April 27, 2015

This past Sunday, my friends and I organized a surprise birthday brunch for two of our best friends! We had about 14 girls at the breakfast, and it ended up being a huge success. I had other plans for the day, so I didn't want to dress up too much. I went to the mall the night before and purchased this top from Forever 21. It's definitely one of those tops that can be dressed up or down, so I dressed it up with hoop earrings and nude heels for brunch!

Blazer: Forever 21     Top: Forever 21     Jeans: American Eagle     Shoes: Nine West

Study Tips

April 21, 2015
The entire month of April I've been swamped with school work, my normal course load, and studying/reviewing for my AP exams (specifically statistics and art history) leaving me with basically no free time or sleep. I've been figuring out a system that works for me, as far as getting the most out of my studying, so I wanted to share some tips with you all!
1. Stay organized!
As you saw in this post, organization of my life is crucial. Write down dates and times for all your tests, and take 10 minutes to sit-down and write out a review schedule to make sure you have time to go back over all the material before your exams. It may take 5-10 minutes per class, but trust me, it will be worth it.

2. Flashcards
For classes that require memorization of any kind, whether it be dates, artists, formulas etc.; make flashcards to study with. Not only will you learn by making them, but then you have them to study with. Pick a method that works best for you, not the rest of your class. Many people learn best by writing things out, and if this is you then grab index cards and get to work. Others, like me, find it more helpful to use an online website like Quizlet, so that I can download the app and have my flashcards with me everywhere I go.

3. Find/Use other resources
Don't forget that you aren't limited to your textbook and/or teacher. There are plenty of other resources out there that you can use for a variety of subjects, like KhanAcademy, Barron's AP review books, and others. YouTube has tons of tutorials and informational videos on an infinite number of topics, and is free to use!

4. Study for the test!
While it's important to study the material that the exam will cover, it's also important to be comfortable with the test format. If possible you should look at/take exams from previous years to become comfortable with time allowed for the test and the types of questions. I especially recommend this if your test requires an essay, give yourself an hour or so to sit down and write practice essays, so you will know just what to do during the actual test.

5. Have a study groups
I will be the first to admit that study groups can be distracting, and sometimes a waste of time. The key to a successful study group is picking people in your class and are as motivated to learn as you are, and letting them know that this is a serious work time. It can also be useful to pick a spot with little distractions, but will also be comfortable, for example a cafe or coffee shop.

6. Start now
If you haven't already started reviewing, it's not too late. Start reviewing material at least a month before your exam, time will fly and before you know it the test will be tomorrow. Plus you don't want to give yourself too much review everyday, because it will be in addition to your regular class load.

7. Don't forget to take a break
As I previously mentioned I've been getting bogged down by all the work, but I've also had some personal problems on my plate causing additional stress. This past Saturday my sister and I went to the movies to see The Longest Ride. We been wanting to see it for the longest time now (haha), and it was just the thing I needed to relax. Don't forget to take break from your studying to get lunch with a friend, go on a bike ride, see a movie, etc. to relieve some stress in your life. When you come back to work you'll be ready to throw yourself back in.

Thanks for reading, I hope you all enjoyed. Leave your study tips in the comments below :)

National Zoo and Georgetown Cupcakes | Washington D.C.

April 1, 2015

Yesterday was our last day in D.C., but what a day it was! D.C. has treated us well so far, and yesterday was no different.
We woke up early and made our way back to Old Ebbitt Grill (yes, I forgot a photo of my food). I wasn't super hungry, so I ordered the Housemade Granola. It was delicious, refreshing and just what I needed to start my day. I said it yesterday and I'll say it again, if you're ever in D.C. for breakfast, Old Ebbitt Grill is the place to eat.

Shortly after breakfast, we took the metro for the first time this trip, and went to the National Zoo! The metro wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, relatively clean and a good experience.  From the Cleveland Park stop we walked a few blocks to the zoo. It was my brother's first time at the zoo, which made the experience all the more enjoyable for my entire family. We saw all kinds of animals, including the clouded leopard, giant panda, and elephants. I have to say my favorite part was seeing the lions and lioness; they looked so calm and peaceful despite the children screaming at them!

Our next stop was back to Georgetown Cupcakes with the whole family. The line was about the same as last night, 15-20 minutes until we were able to get our cupcakes.  This time I opted for red velvet and peanut butter fudge.  After getting our cupcakes we walked about half a mile up to The Tombs, per CollegePrepster's recommendation.  The food was great, I ordered the Grilled Salmon Waldorf Salad, which was amazing. For dessert we each ate one of our cupcakes, I had my red velvet and a bite of my brother's cookies and cream. They were so good, somehow even better than last night!

When lunch ended we headed back to our hotel to get our bags and head back home.  The traffic was crazy, so it took us forever to get out of the city. At about 7:30 we stopped for dinner at Carrabba's Italian Grill. I ordered the Mezzaluna, which was incredible, just what I needed before getting back into the car for 3 hours.We also ate the last of our cupcakes, mine being the Peanut Butter Fudge. This was a close second to my salted caramel  from the day before, but still so good!

Today's outfit was super casual, since we were going to be in the car for the majority of the day, so I  didn't get a photo.

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